Debbie Criddle, the Paralympic Dressage Gold and Silver medal winner, was the guest speaker at the BHS Somerset annual meeting this year, and she captivated the audience from start to finish.
Deb, who is a Group 3 rider, gave an insight into the day to day living in the Olympic village and how even the horses had five star accommodation. She spoke about the whole occasion at Greenwich and how the different horses and riders coped with the sad story that one Australian rider had come all the way to London 2012 only to retire before his test because his horse wasn't coping well with the atmosphere.
It was a huge thrill for everyone to be given the opportunity to hold the gold and silver medals that Deb had brought along! Everyone was amazed at the size and weight of them in comparison to the 'very small' gold medal from the Athens Olympics.
Deb was an inspiration to all of the riders in the audience and we realised that not only does she have talent, but a real passion and determination to do well in her sport and we wish her well for the future and the next Olympics in Rio.